October Event Report
How to Find
the Hidden Money
by Jennifer Muhle
On October 30th, the Community Technology
Organizing Consortium (CTOC)
hosted an event, How To Find The Hidden Money. Presentations were
given by leaders in California's community technology arena: Eugene
Chan of the Community Technology Foundation of California, Anne Neville
of the Community Technology Centers Network (CTCNet), Consultant Art
McGee, Richard Chabran of California Community Technology Policy Group
(CCTPG), James Lau of The Children's Partnership and CTOC Planning
Committee Member, Micheline Wilcoxen of Community Development Technology.
Workshop presenters provided helpful information about resources
available for community technology programs. The California Teleconnect
Fund allows qualifying nonprofit organizations to apply for 50%
discounts on telecommunications bills that include broadband services,
according to Micheline Wilcoxen.
Discussion of other funding sources included the Digital Divide
fund (AB 855), which was recently signed into law by Governor Davis.
Richard Chabran stated that this fund will generate revenues from
California's leasing of properties in order for cell phone companies
to build towers, with a specific percentage set aside for community
Finally, Anne Davis announced the availability of funds through
CTCNet's Connections for Tomorrow, which will provide funding for
community technology programs located in California.
There was participation from programs reaching as far south as
Long Beach, north as Van Nuys, west as Santa Monica and east as
Monrovia. Los Angeles County technology programs were well represented.
CTOC will sponsor another event. Please Save the Date of December
4th for CTOC's 4th Annual Holiday Event to be held in Long Beach,
California. We look forward to seeing you there!
Jennifer Muhle is the CTOC
Project Assistant. She can be reached at Jmuhle@aol.com